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Surviving a Shark Attack

August 23, 2015 Hastings and Hastings

Although the probability of a shark attack is less than being struck by lightning (.003%), it would be a horrifying event. Sharks are intimidating animals by virtue of their size, brutality, and their predatory nature. The good news is that humans are higher on the food chain than sharks and thus sharks can be warded off. Here are the simple steps to avoid or survive a shark attack.

Defense is Everything.

Staying away from shark habitats is the easiest way to avoid an attack. But in the event your vacation takes you to an Atlantic beach paradise that happens to be teaming with sharks, there are additional precautions one ought to take. Never remove your eyes from the shark. If you see one, keep in mind that they have insidious advanced attacking maneuvers. They may encircle you and then lunge at you, or they may prefer a surprise attack from below. Regardless, never take your eyes off the shark because if it does lunge at you, then you must kick it. The first attack a shark makes is generally a recon endeavor. He is gathering information to see if you will make a suitable dinner. However, if you kick it in the face it will most likely swim away. Sharks are lazy predators and will not kill merely for challenge or sport (only the whale Moby Dick purportedly did this). 

Move towards Shore

If you spot a shark immediately begin moving towards shore or a boat. Don’t make sudden panic stricken movements which are typical of shark prey—for they will confuse you as just that. Back away slowly, and continually move towards safety. Shark attacks happen,  but most swimmers are able to survive the attack or completely avoid it all together.